GHD Woodhead designed the AUD103 million Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus as part of the Geelong Technology Precinct. The new research centre is an exciting collaborative project between Deakin University, CSIRO and the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM).

The project involved the design and development of the new research facilities, the co-location of the materials and fibres research group from CSIRO, the expansion of the existing research activities of Deakin’s Centre for Materials and Fibre Innovation, and the construction of a carbon fibre research pilot plant in partnership with the VCAMM.

AFFRIC provides accommodation for up to 300 additional staff and students. The centre will further online casino increase the capacity of the partner organisations to service the fibre, textile, composite, automotive and aerospace industries, and to assist in the translation of research into end user applications. The Carbon Nexus is an AUD34 million project within AFFRIC that will house a carbon fibre pilot line, capable of producing 20 tonnes of aerospace quality fibre annually.

The development was supported by the Australian and Victorian governments, including an AUD37 million grant from the Australian Government’s Education Investment Fund.

 

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